Peter Green is regarded by some fans as the greatest white blues guitarist ever, Eric Clapton notwithstanding.
~Mark Allan (allmusic.com)
Need Your Love So Bad:
|Birth name||Peter Allen Greenbaum|
|Born||29 October 1946 (age 69)
Bethnal Green, London
|Genres||Blues rock, blues, rock|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, harmonica, banjo,cello|
|Labels||Epic, Reprise, PVK, Creole|
|Associated acts||John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac,Peter Green Splinter Group,Gass, Peter B’s Looners, Otis Spann,Willie Dixon, B.B. King|
Peter Green (born Peter Allen Greenbaum, 29 October 1946) is a British blues rock guitarist and the founder of the band Fleetwood Mac. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 for his work with the group, Green’s songs have been recorded by artists such as Santana, Aerosmith, Midge Ure, Tom Petty, and Judas Priest.
A major figure and bandleader in the “second great epoch” of the British blues movement, Green inspired B. B. King to say, “He has the sweetest tone I ever heard; he was the only one who gave me the cold sweats.” Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page have both lauded his guitar playing. Green’s playing was marked with idiomatic string bending and vibrato and economy of style. Though he played other guitars, he is best known for deriving a unique tone from his 1959 Gibson Les Paul.
- He was ranked 38th in Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.
- His tone on the Bluesbreakers instrumental “The Super-Natural” was rated as one of the fifty greatest of all time by Guitar Player.
- In June 1996 Green was voted the third-best guitarist of all time in Mojo magazine.
Some of the best “white” blues ever – “The World Keep On Turning“:
From allmusic.com – Mark Allan:
Peter Green is regarded by some fans as the greatest white blues guitarist ever, Eric Clapton notwithstanding. Born Peter Greenbaum but calling himself Peter Green by age 15, he grew up in London’s working-class East End. Green’s early musical influences were Hank Marvin of the Shadows, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Freddie King, and traditional Jewish music. He originally played bass before being invited in 1966 by keyboardist Peter Bardens to play lead in the Peter B’s, whose drummer was a lanky chap named Mick Fleetwood. The 19-year-old Green was with Bardens just three months before joining John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, whose rapidly shifting personnel included bassist John McVie and drummer Aynsley Dunbar. A keen fan of Clapton, Green badgered Mayall to give him a chance when the Bluesbreakers guitarist split for an indefinite vacation in Greece. Green sounded great and, as Mayall recalls, was not amused when Clapton returned after a handful of gigs, and Green was out.
…read more @ allmusic.com
Album of the day:
Fleetwood Mac (1968):
Fleetwood Mac’s debut LP was a highlight of the late-’60s British blues boom. Green’s always inspired playing, the capable (if erratic) songwriting, and the general panache of the band as a whole placed them leagues above the overcrowded field. Elmore James is a big influence on this set, particularly on the tunes fronted by Jeremy Spencer (“Shake Your Moneymaker,” “Got to Move”). Spencer’s bluster, however, was outshone by the budding singing and songwriting skills of Green. The guitarist balanced humor and vulnerability on cuts like “Looking for Somebody” and “Long Grey Mare,” and with “If I Loved Another Woman,” he offered a glimpse of the Latin-blues fusion that he would perfect with “Black Magic Woman.” The album was an unexpected smash in the U.K., reaching number four on the British charts.
~Richie Unterberger (allmuisc)
3 thoughts on “October 29: Peter Green was born in 1946 Happy Birthday”
Thanks. He had the touch and feel for the blues that can’t be taught or bought. In his prime a truly wonderful musician and a distinctive writer. Regards Thom.
Just a great read, grown up with Fleetwood mac, Clapton, BB and a host of other legends
Thanks for your comment Gerard.
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